Wednesday, October 7, 2009
ACC shuffles bowl lineup for 2010
By Heather Dinich
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
The Champs Sports Bowl will have the No. 3 overall selection of ACC teams for the 2010-2013 bowl seasons, and will pit an ACC team against the top non-BCS team from the Big East or Notre Dame, Florida Citrus Sports announced on Wednesday.
This means that after this season, the ACC will no longer partner with the Gator Bowl, and facing the Big 12 is no longer an option.
As in the past, the game will continue to be televised by ESPN and will be played in the December 28-30 window, with the possibility of a December 27 date once in the agreement’s four-year term.
While the conference will lose a prestigious bowl, the Champs Sports Bowl does provide the league with great television ratings, an attractive location, and the fact the ACC is 5-0 in that bowl since 2004. Last year’s attendance (52,692) for the Florida State-Wisconsin game was the second-highest in the bowl’s history, with crowds having improved each year since coming from South Florida. The television rating for last year’s game was also the second-highest for a bowl game in ESPN history and trailed only the Capital One Bowl in ratings for non-BCS postseason games last year.
The rest of the ACC's bowl lineup for 2010-2013 is expected to be announced in the near future.